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Michele Huggins is mom to a five year old son and editor at Charlotte Parent. In The Daily Post, Michele covers the latest parenting news, studies and information on topics from preschool, to pregnancy to teens. Editorial assistant Mikala Young fills in on Thursdays with Charlotte's Weekend Family Fun.

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Books for Kids

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library book specialists share their selections for best books for kids at different ages and stages to grow a love of reading in children.

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Moms Managing Media

Charlotte mom Melanie Hempe is passionate about helping families balance technology with childhood. She offers busy parents easy-to-follow scientific information and practical solutions for real homes with children of all ages, and is one of the founders of Moms Managing Media.

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Manners Please

Etiquette expert Aimee Symington shares tips and know-how to teach children to mind their manners at home, school and throughout their lives.

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Home With Kids

Make your home beautiful and functional for the family with tips from blogger and design diva Barbara Green.

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Travel With Purpose

Tamela Rich, who has traveled the U.S. and beyond, shares tips on how to make the most of travel with your family.

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Daddy Derek

WCCB News Rising Host Derek James balances a full-time job in the glamorous world of television news along with managing chaos every afternoon for 5-year-old Tyler and almost 3-year-old Chase. Get inspiring, funny and interesting advice from Daddy Derek's perspective.

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Fit Family Challenge

Get fitness, nutrition and wellness tips from local experts, and follow our 2015 Spotlight Families as they blog about their steps to a healthier lifestyle as part of the the 2015 Fit Family Challenge, which takes place April 21-June 15. Join the challenge to get moving with your family toward a healthier lifestyle and to win fun family prizes. Registration is free and opens April 1.

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Stay-at-Home Dudes

Richard Jones and Barry Robert Ozer, authors of "A Dude's Guide to Babies: The New Dad's Playbook" deliver fast and funny insights on being stay-at-home dads to help new dads cope with being responsible for a smelly and very messy life  ... and their baby.

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Solitary Momagement

Charlotte local Jen Byrum shares her hilarious, trying and heartfelt parenting moments as a single mom of two.

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A Crafty Mess

Not all crafts with kids are Pinterest perfect. Melanie Baron shares some of her and her 6-year-old daughter's crafting journeys, as well as the detours along the way.

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Guest Bloggers

See what parent bloggers near and afar are talking about.

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MOMSENSE

Get tips and updates on deals around town and ways to save a buck for the family from our MOM$ENSE blogger Stephanie Hoffman.

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Mother of Style

Feel good and turn heads for your fashion sense with mom-style and beauty tips from Charlotte mom and stylist Whitley Adkins Hamlin.

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Playtime

Get the scoop on playgrounds and other fun play activities from local moms and dads.

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Words Not Included

July 7, 2015 8:03 am
Written by: Rene Kimray, Children's Library Specialist at ImaginOn

Are you surprised that a librarian is suggesting books with no words? Don't be! Sharing wordless books is a wonderful way to develop literacy skills ...Read More
Are you surprised that a librarian is suggesting books with no words? Don't be! Sharing wordless books is a wonderful way to develop literacy skills ...Read More
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Engage Young Minds with Q4KIDZ

July 6, 2015 9:46 am
Written by: Michele Huggins

Getting children to tell you about their day isn't easy. Q4KIDZ is hoping to open up the dialogue between parents and children by sending daily ...Read More
Getting children to tell you about their day isn't easy. Q4KIDZ is hoping to open up the dialogue between parents and children by sending daily ...Read More
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30 Minutes Outside

July 3, 2015 11:00 am
Written by: Melanie Hempe

The long awaited summer vacation is finally here! But while kids are so excited to get out of school, many families struggle with all the ...Read More
The long awaited summer vacation is finally here! But while kids are so excited to get out of school, many families struggle with all the ...Read More
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Wine Cork Crafts

July 2, 2015 2:25 pm
Written by: Barbara Green

Considering the huge response to last week's post "New Life for Empty Bottles," I decided to continue with the theme and do a post about ...Read More
Considering the huge response to last week's post "New Life for Empty Bottles," I decided to continue with the theme and do a post about ...Read More
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Family Weekend Fun: July 3-5

July 2, 2015 1:00 pm
Written by: Mikala Young

FridayCharlotte Mecklenburg Library Presents: Out to Lunch and a MoviePack a lunch, bring a few blankets and watch a feature film with the kids. Water ...Read More
FridayCharlotte Mecklenburg Library Presents: Out to Lunch and a MoviePack a lunch, bring a few blankets and watch a feature film with the kids. Water ...Read More
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This is Why You Don't Want to Be a Distracted Parent

July 1, 2015 1:24 pm
Written by: Derek James

Photo credit: Twitter @DerekJamesTVIn May, my colleague Terrance Bates and I put together a series of parenting stories for WCCB that covered everything from the ...Read More
Photo credit: Twitter @DerekJamesTVIn May, my colleague Terrance Bates and I put together a series of parenting stories for WCCB that covered everything from the ...Read More
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Why you Should Watch the World Cup with Kids

July 1, 2015 12:35 pm
Written by: Michele Huggins

The U.S. Women's Soccer team beat No. 1 Germany 2-0 Tuesday to advance to the World Cup finals. Exciting stuff indeed! Whether you are a ...Read More
The U.S. Women's Soccer team beat No. 1 Germany 2-0 Tuesday to advance to the World Cup finals. Exciting stuff indeed! Whether you are a ...Read More
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Safety 101 for the Fourth of July with Kids

June 30, 2015 8:04 am
Written by: Michele Huggins

Fourth of July is this Saturday, and with that comes cookouts, days spent at the pool, lots of outdoor time and fireworks. Fireworks are fun, ...Read More
Fourth of July is this Saturday, and with that comes cookouts, days spent at the pool, lots of outdoor time and fireworks. Fireworks are fun, ...Read More
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Top Dining Etiquette Tips for Adults: Before, During & After A Meal

June 29, 2015 10:20 pm
Written by: Aimee Symington, Etiquette Expert, Instructor and Creator of Game on Manners

When someone asks you to pass the bread, do you know which direction to pass it?Have you ever been to a formal dinner and panicked ...Read More
When someone asks you to pass the bread, do you know which direction to pass it?Have you ever been to a formal dinner and panicked ...Read More
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What's up with the Sharky Summer?

June 29, 2015 10:01 am
Written by: Michele Huggins

My family is headed to the Outer Banks later this summer for our annual summer vacation with the extended fam. I, along with the kids, ...Read More
My family is headed to the Outer Banks later this summer for our annual summer vacation with the extended fam. I, along with the kids, ...Read More
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New Life for Empty Wine Bottles

June 25, 2015 8:48 pm
Written by: Barbara Green

Rumor has it that some moms find wine to be helpful in dealing with the stresses of parenting. I've even heard some moms confess to ...Read More
Rumor has it that some moms find wine to be helpful in dealing with the stresses of parenting. I've even heard some moms confess to ...Read More
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Family Weekend Fun: June 26-28

June 25, 2015 3:00 pm
Written by: Mikala Young

FridayFamily CampfireAfter dinner head on over to the plantation center for a night by the fire. Play field games, sing songs, listen to stories and ...Read More
FridayFamily CampfireAfter dinner head on over to the plantation center for a night by the fire. Play field games, sing songs, listen to stories and ...Read More
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"Can I Get Out of Bed Pleass?"

June 24, 2015 7:32 pm
Written by: Derek James

My sons are 6 and 4, which means a busy day or a lot of activity can mean a need for a nap if we ...Read More
My sons are 6 and 4, which means a busy day or a lot of activity can mean a need for a nap if we ...Read More
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Cool off With Summer Movie Deals

June 24, 2015 9:51 am
Written by: Michele Huggins

I feel like I'm walking through a rainforest outside, except I'm not surrounded by lush, refreshing greenery shade, but instead marching along hot asphalt in ...Read More
I feel like I'm walking through a rainforest outside, except I'm not surrounded by lush, refreshing greenery shade, but instead marching along hot asphalt in ...Read More
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Summer Water Safety Reminders

June 22, 2015 9:49 am
Written by: Michele Huggins

Summer is officially here. The summer solstice was June 21, and the close-to-100-degree temperatures are an obvious indicator that summer is in full swing. With ...Read More
Summer is officially here. The summer solstice was June 21, and the close-to-100-degree temperatures are an obvious indicator that summer is in full swing. With ...Read More
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Negotiations And Love Songs

June 20, 2015 10:47 am
Written by: Richard E.D. Jones

You don't leave love to chance.I know. If you listen to the love songs and watch television shows and see movies and all of that, ...Read More
You don't leave love to chance.I know. If you listen to the love songs and watch television shows and see movies and all of that, ...Read More
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7 Ways to Be More Likable

June 19, 2015 11:24 am
Written by: Aimee Symington - Etiquette Expert & Cotillion Instrutor

Ever meet someone and you like them right away? Or, you just don't like them but you're not sure why? Ever wonder what people think ...Read More
Ever meet someone and you like them right away? Or, you just don't like them but you're not sure why? Ever wonder what people think ...Read More
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Designing a Man Cave for Dad

June 18, 2015 2:49 pm
Written by: Barbara Green

Did you know that 54% of all respondents to a Marketwatch.com study report that they have a man cave? Real estate agents also report that ...Read More
Did you know that 54% of all respondents to a Marketwatch.com study report that they have a man cave? Real estate agents also report that ...Read More
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Father's Day Family Weekend Fun: June 19-21

June 18, 2015 12:49 pm
Written by: Mikala Young

FridayGem MiningGo on a fun treasure hunt and search for minerals like garnets, topaz, rubies emeralds and more. Miners can keep everything and bring it ...Read More
FridayGem MiningGo on a fun treasure hunt and search for minerals like garnets, topaz, rubies emeralds and more. Miners can keep everything and bring it ...Read More
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Mom vs. Daughter: A Smartphone Debate

June 17, 2015 5:30 pm
Written by: Eason Futch

My daughter, age 12, had been ruminating over it a lot more lately since 6th grade started. Her grumblings had begun years ago but were ...Read More
My daughter, age 12, had been ruminating over it a lot more lately since 6th grade started. Her grumblings had begun years ago but were ...Read More
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Healthy Eating on Vacation: Try a Farmers Market

June 17, 2015 11:45 am
Written by: Tamela Rich

Restaurants and drive-throughs aren't the only option while on a vacation. I want you to try takeout from a local farmers market — it's an ...Read More
Restaurants and drive-throughs aren't the only option while on a vacation. I want you to try takeout from a local farmers market — it's an ...Read More
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'Inside Out' Brings Emotions to the Big Screen

June 17, 2015 7:08 am
Written by: Michele Huggins

Who doesn't love a good Pixar film? From "Toy Story" to "Up," it's known for making awesome animated films that get to the heart of ...Read More
Who doesn't love a good Pixar film? From "Toy Story" to "Up," it's known for making awesome animated films that get to the heart of ...Read More
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Week Eight: Staying Motivated

June 16, 2015 1:23 pm
Written by: Maureen Carlomagno

Congratulations to the Bacon and McMasters families for completing the eight week Fit Family Challenge! This past week we did a wrap up of all ...Read More
Congratulations to the Bacon and McMasters families for completing the eight week Fit Family Challenge! This past week we did a wrap up of all ...Read More
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5 Ways to Stay Cool With the Kids in Charlotte

June 16, 2015 12:12 pm
Written by: Michele Huggins

It's blazin' hot out there. Here five ways we suggest staying cool this week with the kids.1. Find a pool. If you aren't a member ...Read More
It's blazin' hot out there. Here five ways we suggest staying cool this week with the kids.1. Find a pool. If you aren't a member ...Read More
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Great Audiobooks for Kids

June 16, 2015 6:15 am
Written by: Kristi Madron, Children's Librarian

"Are we there yet?" Oh, the dreaded refrain sung from the backseat of the car on many a summer roadtrip. Whether driving time this summer ...Read More
"Are we there yet?" Oh, the dreaded refrain sung from the backseat of the car on many a summer roadtrip. Whether driving time this summer ...Read More
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